Analysis of She Walks in Beauty Essay

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analysis of "She Walks in Beauty"

Analysis of Byron's "She Walks in Beauty"
Lord George Gordon Byron was most notorious for his love affairs within his family and
with Mediterranean boys. Since he had problems such as incest and homosexuality, he did
not mind writing about his love for his cousin in "She Walks in Beauty". Byron wrote the
poem after he left his wife and England forever. Byron made his own trend of personality,
the idea of the ‘Byronic Hero'. "Byron's influence on European poetry, music, novels,
operas, and paintings have been immense, although the poet was widely condemned on moral
grounds by his contemporaries" (Dick, 54). Overall, the study focuses on the life of Lord
George Gordon Byron, imagery, and about the lyrics of "She Walks in Beauty".

Lord Byron was an English Romantic poet and satirist whose poetry and personality captured
the imagination of Europe. As his name would show, Byron was born into a noble English
family. He lived the life as a beggar, and a proud and snobbish genius focused only to his
own passions. He was born with a deformity of one foot, which left him with a life long
limp. However, he grew up to be a dark, handsome man, and women loved him, and he loved
women. "His sexual exploits are legend" (Blair, 2). Byron spent most of his adult life in
England, making his first trip in 1809 with his school friend, John Hobhouse. Hobhouse
returned to England leaving Byron to go on to Greece

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by himself. Byron tried to settle down into a regular life. He even went to the point of
getting married, but it did not work out very well. By 1821, Byron was living in Italy
where he was a part of a romantic literary circle. Byron was to get himself caught up with
the war between the Greeks and the Turks. In 1824, Byron left to go to Greece. Shortly, at
the age of thirty-six Byron died of fever in Missolonghi, Greece.

Lord Byron was a man whose passion for life seem incomparable to any of the other Romantic
poets. Byron's personal character could be seen in his literature just as in his life.
Lord Byron's most notable contribution to literature was Byronic Hero. "It possessed many
qualities which Lord Byron himself displayed in day to day life" (Doherty 86). Whether in
search of women or adventure, the life of Lord Byron and his Byronic Hero have many
similarities. The way that Lord Byron wanted pleasure for himself in his own way was
another way he was like his literary characters. "This attitude of self-reliance is a
distinguishing characteristic of both Lord Byron and his literary figures" (Parker, 88).

"She Walks in Beauty" starts off from a traditional picture of a lady as fair and bright.
It links with the brightness of daylight, in its comparison of the mistress to the night.
"The distinctive quality of the poem derives not from any departure from the norm but from
a graceful elaboration of the conventions of compliment" (Seifter, 82). Avoiding
unoriginal or obvious similies, Byron uses metaphors which expresses the idea of a quiet
and slight glow. "The mistress like the night/ Of cloudless climes and starry skies" (ll
1-2), not pitch dark but glimmering with a diffused light" (Seifter, 82). She is like a
portrait in "chiaroscuro", her face is copied through an interaction of light and shadow.
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